Maria Christopher Bell

Maria Christopher Bell

Senior Counsel

Maria advises U.S. and multijurisdictional clients on environmental issues in complex business transactions.
She has extensive experience assessing environmental risk in transactions, managing due diligence, coordinating work by technical consultants and drafting and negotiating indemnity and cost-sharing arrangements, having worked on hundreds of major acquisitions, divestitures and projects for many of our largest clients, including GE, Carlyle and Goldman Sachs. Maria also specialises in advising on ESG issues generally, including the incorporation of the Equator Principles into major projects. 
She has considerable experience in permitting and compliance issues, having assisted many large corporate clients with managing practical issues associated with sensitive permits and licenses.



Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2007


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2006

A.B., Duke University, Environmental Science & Policy, 2001

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